A recruiter from the University of Florida has already dropped by Pasco County to check out the likes of Jacob Guy and Trey Dudley-Giles at Pasco and Kent Taylor at Land O'Lakes, but the Gators may have found a couple of new recruiting targets from an unlikely source: third-year program Anclote.
Sharks coach Matt Wicks said Florida stopped by to watch athlete Dondre Daley and offensive lineman Terry Linton.
Daley, who hauled in 18 catches for 353 yards in only four games last season, is starting to gain the attention of some big-name schools. Wicks said Ball State, Florida Atlantic, Maryland, North Carolina State and Florida have inquired about the 6-foot-3 speedster. Linton has drawn double takes from recruiters because of his size; he tips the scales at more than 300 pounds.
“When a kid like Dondre gets noticed, it’s good for any program,” Wicks said. “It’s nice to have a school like Florida take notice of Dondre and Terry. Florida Atlantic is coming by next week to watch practice, so that’s the kind of thing that helps build interest and it’s just a matter of time before Dondre gets his first offer.”
Central second-year coach Mike Einspahr said his squad will be extremely young this season after graduating 30 seniors from its 2010 team.
A couple of youngsters have shown promise in the backfield, however, giving the program reason for optimism heading into the fall.
Rising sophomore Cole Teater will start at quarterback, and the left-hander can throw a variety of passes and throw them well. He has shined during spring drills.
“I feel he’s as good as a freshman can be at this point,” Einspahr said.
Another rising sophomore, Robby Bradley, has shown promise as a running back and figures to get plenty of carries.
“He kind of reminds me of one of those old Nebraska power backs,” Einspahr said. “He doesn’t get real fancy.”
Two-minute drill | Hudson RB Kyrie Rodriguez
You were out most of last year with a leg injury. How frustrating was it to watch the team fall to 0-10?
It killed my spirits, because once I went to the doctors and they told me my leg was broken I knew I wasn’t playing for the rest of the season. It just killed me inside watching every game. It was the worst feeling in the world.
Any goals for your senior season?
This season I’m going to try to be more of a patient running back. Not just trying to find my own way out of things. If it’s there, I’ll take it, but if it’s not, I’ll wait for it to develop and then go off and try something.
Numbers are down at Hudson this spring; are there any positives to that?
Us with smaller numbers means every backup will definitely know what they’re doing because they’ll always get reps no matter what. Even if there isn’t a backup, that person starting there will work even harder to make sure he stays there. One person who’s never played a position could step in and learn one and always continue to learn it.
Growth spurt at Fivay
For a school that went 1-4 and played just half a varsity schedule last fall, the numbers and overall size of the athletes at Fivay are growing by the day.
Nowhere is that more evident than on the offensive line, where the Falcons will rely heavily on Michael Faulkner (6-foot-1, 205 pounds), Anthony Perkins (6-2, 250) and Kelly Meus (6-1, 275).
Coach Chris Taylor expects the aforementioned trio to open huge holes for the rushing attack tonight in the Falcons’ spring game vs. River Ridge.
“They’ve stayed together, they’ve committed to the family atmosphere. If you see one, you see 20 of them now. You don’t see individuals anymore. It’s been a lot better. I can’t complain a bit.” — Einspahr on the state of the team entering his second season
Compiled by staff writer Bryan Burns and correspondent Andy Villamarzo